Elizabeth Ryder

Burlington, VT, United States

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About Me


Apply to graduate school for a masters in international development in a year or so.


Grew up in the mountains of Colorado, spent a year living in Switzerland, then moved to Vermont to finish my education. I recently graduated and have been working with a company which coordinates volunteer abroad projects in foreign countries.
Basically, I love the outdoors and travel. Im a super laid back person who is happiest being surrounded by nature with a good book, good beer, and good people.
When i'm not working I am usually hiking, camping, rock climbing, scuba diving, surfing, snowboarding, or sharing stories with the people I meet along the way.


To each his own.

I believe in a God, I just spell it nature.

I hope I can help people see the simple beauty in the world that is so often overlooked.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I love people who challenge my ideas and are able to exchange theirs with me.


Backpacked around Europe and couch-surfed a few times along the way.


-All things outdoors
-Road trips and train rides

Future Travels (What I hope to do one day!)
-Backpack through Patagonia
-Buy a van and road trip across Australia

Music, Movies, and Books

Trevor Hall
Lord Huron
Bon Iver
Iron and Wine
Jam Bands (STS9, String Cheese Incident, Grateful Dead)
The Toots and Maytells
Railroad Earth
The Tallest Man on Earth

The Poisonwood Bible
Mountains Upon Mountains
The Kite Runner
One Thousand Splendid Suns
The Glass Castle

A Beautiful Mind
Good Will Hunting
Thats it Thats All
180 Degrees South
The Cove
Into the Wild
Exit Through the Gift Shop
One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

-Lived in Switzerland for a year
-Drove a motorbike up the coast of Vietnam for a month
-Worked at a surf camp in California
-Lived on a plantain farm in Honduras
-Volunteered at a sea turtle conservation center in central America
-Backpacked across Europe
-Backpacked solo throughout Eastern Africa

Teach, Learn, Share

I am at a point in my life where I am trying to figure out what I want to do and become in the next few years. I am hoping travel, meeting new people, experiencing new things, challenging my ideas, and going on crazy adventures will help me make a decision. If not...then I guess I will just spend the rest of my life wandering and traveling.

Countries I’ve Visited

Belgium, Cambodia, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Hungary, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Laos, Malawi, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Tanzania, Thailand, United Kingdom, Viet Nam, Zambia

Countries I’ve Lived In

Switzerland, United States

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